Forward Blake Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-100 victory over the Miami Heat, the reigning NBA champs.
Point guard Chris Paul ran the offense and recorded a double-double of his own with 16 points and 10 assists Wednesday night as the Clippers won their fourth straight game to run their record to 6-2.
Three other Clippers players also scored in double figures, while three-time MVP LeBron James scored 30 and dished out seven assists in a losing effort.
Ray Allen had a strong game off the bench for the Heat with 14 points but Dwyane Wade's struggles continued, as the All Star guard scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting.
The 30-year-old Wade, who underwent offseason knee surgery, is averaging just 16.9 points thus far this season, eight points below his career average.
In other action Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons got their first win of the season by routing the Philadelphia 76ers 94-76, the Boston Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz 98-93, the Memphis Grizzlies moved to 6-1 with a 107-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks continued their strong start to the season with a 99-85 win over the Indiana Pacers.
James Harden scored 30 as the Houston Rockets topped the New Orleans Hornets 100-96, the Charlotte Bobcats edged the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-87, the Dallas Mavericks held off the still-winless Washington Wizards 107-101, the Chicago Bulls blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter before overcoming the Phoenix Suns 112-106 in overtime and the Golden State Warriors topped the Atlanta Hawks 92-88. EFE